Russian recluse scientist rejects Field Medal -for solving the Poincare conjecture..what is your take on?

this ? Grigory Perelman of St. Petersburg , Russia says he doesn't want to be seen as a "figurehead"; yet, his work may determine the shape of the universe -which man could not do for the past 100 years .Why would it not be meaningful to be acknowledged for success after years & years of hard work ?... show more this ? Grigory Perelman of St. Petersburg , Russia says he doesn't want to be seen as a "figurehead"; yet, his work may determine the shape of the universe -which man could not do for the past 100 years .Why would it not be meaningful to be acknowledged for success after years & years of hard work ? Could his government have played a role in his snub of the academic world ?
Update: Correction : Field's Medal..( not Field )
Update 2: I did not mean to imply that the Russians would be against Perelman accepting the award - on the contrary ; but that they might value his scientific contributions , fearing that if he leaves the country again-to accept the award-he may not return ..
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